Giving Voice to Yoga

This is a day-long workshop Bhavani has offered as part of various yoga teacher trainings throughout the Northeast.

It begins with freeing the voice with playful exercises that open the body for sounding and enable one’s authentic sound to emerge. When your voice is free, you are empowered to express your creativity more fully in every area of your life.  We then explore sounding as relationship, as a way to create community, experiencing oneself as a being “of sound mind and body,” in harmony with all of life.

Next we take a look at the verbal process of teaching yoga. In Bhavani’s unique Butterfly Boot Camp you learn to use your voice safely in your teaching, so that you can project to the back of a large room without strain. You’ll also get presentation tips that can transform your leading of postures. And you’ll have an opportunity to put it all together as you present an affirmation to the group.

In the afternoon we have a kirtan, where we immerse ourselves in the bhakti (devotional) practice of Sanskrit chanting  Bhavani also shares ways of contexting the practice of chanting, with background and benefits, so that you can make it more accessible to your students.

It’s a fun and enriching day, filled with much to take away to bless your teaching and your life.


Bringing Chanting to Your Yoga Teaching

This is a training program that has been offered at Kripalu as part of the 500-hour Professional Level Yoga Teacher Training. In the porgram you’ll learn ways of sharing with your yoga students the bhakti practice of chanting that affects you so deeply. First immerse yourself in the practice of Sanskrit chanting, then learn how to share the practice at different levels—from developing a playlist of recorded chants to use in class to actually taking up the instruments and providing live kirtan.

You’ll learn

---How to context chanting to make it accessible to your students
---How to choose recorded chants to enhance energy and the feeling of devotion and to create different moods in different sections of the class
---A selection of chants to use live to invoke various divine energies
---How to play the basic chanting beat on the mridungum or other drum
---If you wish, in an optional session, how to play simple chants on a harmonium or other keyboard instrument and how to build the energy of the chant

Each person has the opportunity to practice presenting a chanting experience at the level that works for them. We’ll also address voice projection and the safe use of the voice, whether speaking or singing. You’ll go home refreshed and filled with spirit, as well as ready to sound forth with your students.

A text that is helpful for the program is Kripalu’s chanting book, Sounds of the Sacred, which is available through Bhavani. Feel free to bring a harmonium, small keyboard, and/or any style drum.



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Introduction to Meditation

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Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, 57 Interlaken Road , Stockbridge, MA 01262

Heard about the benefits of meditation and wondered what the practice is really like? Or maybe you’ve had some meditation instruction but haven’t yet found a technique that fits your temperament and lifestyle, one that allows you to sustain a regular practice.

Bhavani Lorraine Nelson, known for her clear instruction and user-friendly approach, introduces you to meditation techniques from the yogic and Buddhist traditions, including

Meditation on the breath Loving-kindness meditation Walking meditation Pranayama (breathing exercises) Mantra meditation Sanskrit chanting as meditation. Gain the inspiration and clarity you need to continue meditating at home, ultimately bringing greater peace, equanimity, and contentment into your life.


CANCELED Speaking From The Heart with Bhavani Lorraine-Nelson

The Yoga Space, 82 Washington St, Keene, New Hampshire 03431

Whether your public speaking is on stage, teaching, or offering a toast, you’re not alone if you experience performance anxiety. For many, the fear of public speaking ranks higher than the fear of death. This workshop will teach you how to use the tools of breath and yoga to transform your fear into the joy that comes from authentically communicating the message of your heart.

You will learn:

~exercises to bring you present in your body before you speak; ~the body’s relaxation-producing breath, which naturally dissipates anxiety; ~and mindfulness techniques that maintain an inner focus.

“My promise to you is not that you’ll no longer feel any fear, but that it will no longer hold you back from sharing your uniqueness with the world.” Bhavani Lorraine-Nelson


CANCELED Classic Kirtan with Bhavani Lorraine Nelson at The Yoga Space

The Yoga Space, 82 Washington St , Keene, New Hampshire 03431

It was Krishna himself who said that the simple calling out of the divine names is the best spiritual practice in chaotic times. Chanting is a breathing practice—now prescribed by doctors for their heart patients; a meditation—see how quiet your monkey mind is as you immerse yourself in the chanting; a place to put your yearning for a direct experience of the divine; and above all else, it’s cheerful. It’s also true that we that we magnify the power of the chant when we practice as a group. So join us!

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“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”


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